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. speculation grows over who might be pope benedict xvi's successor after he steps down later this month. >> today is red hand day, highlighting the plight of child soldiers around the world. north korea says it will not bowed to international pressure to end its nuclear program. the country carry out its third nuclear test on tuesday, breaking u.n. resolutions, and for their actions could still be to come. >> p'yongyang says the test is an act of self-defense against what it calls hostility from the united states, but the move was only served to increase its isolation from the rest of the world. washington has confirmed north korea had told the u.s. government about the test beforehand. and even china, north korea's sole ally, has urged pyongyang to stop before it makes matters worse. >> tensions are high in south korea. protesters denounced north korea's nuclear tests. north korean state media claim the country had exploded a more powerful bomb than it had been able to build a earlier. diplomats at the united nations security council emergency meeting also expressed alarm. >> countries
announcement that pope benedict is resigning, catholics around the world are wondering who will take over from him. benedict will stay in rome after retiring, but have said that he will not interfere in the succession process. my colleague is in rome. so, the vatican says there will be a new pope in time for easter? >> that is right. starting in the 24 to march. you can bet that they will see a lot of wheeling and dealing going on in the vatican before that. lots of different powers within the decision making body to choose the next pope. a lot of speculation as well. not just a month the world's catholics. but people asking why the pope chose this moment to stand down. he says he is tired. there has been a lot of speculation about ill health. a few moments ago there was a press conference from the spokespeople for the vatican. they said there were no serious health issues and that the pope had operation on his pacemaker not long ago, but that this had to do with internal politics, which will also affect who will be the next pope. there are lots of pulp makers wandering around here on the stre
the successor to pope benedict after that shocking decision yesterday to step down. and another big story we're following is back at home, because the president is putting the finishing touches on the first state of the union speech of his second term. and we'll have a lot more on that coming up in this hour. but this morning, we are starting to get new information about pope benedict, and particularly about his health. decisions that may have played into his shocking announcement to abdicate. for example, we now know this morning, the pope has had a pacemaker for some time and actually had a minor operation to replace its batteries three months ago. we're also hearing for the first time about a fall he took while he was on a trip to cuba in mexico. just hours after his announcement, this video circulated. you can see it shows lightning striking st. peter's basilica, maybe leading some catholics to wonder if it was some sort of sign from above. a sign of what, that's also a source of speculation here. i'm joined by elizabeth lev here in rome. good to see you. >> great to be here. it's a real
that is both surprising and rare. pope benedict xvi says he's too old to do his job. he's 85. spokespersons for the vatican say the pope cited his advance age and felt he could no longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal joseph ratzinger was 78 years old when he became pope in april 2005 following the death of pope john paul ii. he was the oldest person to become pontiff in 275 years. benedict xvi was a conservative pope, he strongly opposed to birth control, but he embraced new forms of communication and joined twitter last year. pope benedict faced a string of challenges during his term from sexual abuse scandals involving the members of the clergy to an investigation into money laundering in vatican city. a court convicted his former butler last year of stealing and leaking classified documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a succe
who will become the next pope after pope benedict shocked the catholic church money when he became the first pontiff to resign in a 600 years. the 85-year-old pope cited ill health as the reason for his departure. >> dear brothers, i have convoked you to this. not only for the recanalization but also the communication to the decision of great importance for the life of the church. after having repeatedly examine my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strength, due to advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the ministry. >> catholics around the world expressed shock over the pope's resignation. >> i was shocked because i love the pope. every sunday i come to listen to him and be blessed by him and to shout "long live the pope." but to understand he is only human, unfortunately, it would have been worse tonight if the news had been the pope had died. >> the pope also has the right to get sick. if you stick to the point where he cannot carry out his function, then he should resign. >> the thing is, he is a bit old and wants to rest. it is
catholics are holding their breath. the stunning news that pope benedict is resigning at the end of the month is a game-changer. after he resigns, the vatican says benedict will live in a monastery in vatican city. meanwhile, the process to elect his successor is already underway. we have this report from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi is about to make history. the 85-year-old leader of the catholic church is resigning at the end of the month. he's the first pope to do so in 600 years. the pope's announcement came as a surprise to all but his closest confidantes. he said because of his age and deteriorating health, "i have had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." church leaders were shocked and saddened. >> like watching your own dad get old. and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the head of a family involves. >> reporter: benedict xvi will remain pope until 8:00 p.m. on february 28. shortly after that, the college of cardinals will gather in the sistine chapel to elect the new pope. benedict's suc
benedict xvi has announced his historic resignation. >> a pretty dramatic change. it means he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >> "top gear" has shown a video of a helicopter racing a cobra with a disastrous ending. >> the end of the mardi gras season. >> i like it very much. >> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> keep mice from overrunning their mistresses' boudoirs. >> that's interesting. >> top ten questions on the application to become a swimsuit model. >> how does brent musburger describe you? >> and all that matters -- >> awarded the medal for courageous action. his son stole the show playing peek-a-boo. >> colin is not as shy as clint. >> on "cbs this morning." >> lightning struck the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announ-- pope benedict announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, wi >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." nae north korea held its third nuclear test. >> president obama will in fact discuss the nuclear test during his state of th
with an announcement from their spiritual leader that's both surprising and rare. pope benedict xvi says he's too old to do his job and is stepping down at the end of the month. he is 85. spokespersons for the vatican said the pope cited his advancing age and felt he could no longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal yosef razinger was 75 years old when he became pope following the death of pope john paul ii. benedict xvi was a conservative pope. he strongly worked for his control. he faced the generation and joined twitter last year. he took his turn on handling sexual abuse scandals to an investigation of money launderring in the vatican city. he accused his butler of stealing and leaking documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a successor. leaders around the world are reacting to the resignation. she had the highest respect for the pope's dec
minutes past the hour. and now pope benedict xvi's stunning announcement that he'll be stepping down we have an idea when a new pope will take the reins. jim bittermann explains. >> reporter: since no pope has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether wit
benedict xvi announced the historic resignation. >> he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >>> president obama will announce a year from today, the united states will have 34,000 fewer troops in afghanistan. >>> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> to keep mice from overrunning their mistress's boudoirs. >> top ten questions on the application to become a "sports illustrated" swimsuit model. >> how would brent musburger describe you. >> >> clint's son colin stole the show. >> colinkohl pope benedict xvi announced his resignation. >> what will he do for work? he could become the walmart greeter. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." north korea defied the country again, the foreign ministry is threatening measures of greater ear intensity. >> bill plante confirmed president obama will discuss the during nuclear test during his state ofnion add the union tonight, the president will say it merely isolates north korea even more.t the north says it tested a de lighter miniaturized nuclear device underground. marga
. pope benedict xvi says he's too old to do his job and is stepping down at the end of mott. month. he's 85. spokespersons for the vatican says the pope cited his advanced age and felt keno longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal joseph ratzinger became pope in 2405. he was the oldest person to become the pontiff. he strongly opposed birth control but embraced new forms of communication and joined twitter. he faced a string of challenges from sexual abuse scandals involving members of clergy to an investigation of money laundering in vatican city. a court convicted his former butler of stealing and leaking classified documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a successor. catholics make up a small portion of the japanese population, still, they have been surprised by the pope's resignation. peter tekao okeda became archbishop in japan,
have new details on his help. any speculation reduce speculation of pope benedict's success. >> following a strategic review. they hope to cut 4000 jobs. almost half will come out of the investment bank. >> bob diamond was blamed for changing from a top banking to high risk investment banking. they were outraged by the size of bonuses and the illegal fixing of the libor rates. the new went on how they want to change for barclays. >> i think we were into short- term focus. on occasion we were too self- serving. what we're talking about is building a better barclays that learned from those experiences that will deliver the whole of our stakeholders. >> he is not only want to improve the bank's image with the public, he wants to woo investors as well. the bank made a $360 million loss last year. he is cutting $2.5 billion from barkley's annual costs. 1900 jobs will go with the european retail and business banking sector. 1800 in corporate banking. >> the investment bank's deliver 4.1 billion of this profit. they are losing money on the retail side. the investment bank will reta
that pope benedict xvi is revining at the end of the month who will replace him. one of the top contenders is from ghana he would be the first black pope. one of the strongest candidates from latin america is from brazil. only cardinals under the age of 80 can vote for pope benedict's successor which means 118 are eligible. this morning the two mowning men charged with murdering a chicago teen will make their first appearance in court. police say 20-year-old kenneth williams and 18-year-old michael ward mistook her and her friends for members of a rival gang and shot them in retaliation. >> i am amazed. i am so excited. i am happy that the murder is off t -- murderer off the street. >> she died one week after performing at the president's inauguration. >> such a sad story. president obama presented a brave army receipt van with our nation's highest military award the medal of honor. former staff sergeant was at a combat out post in afghanistan in 2009 when three taliban fighters launched an ambush. it was one of the bloodiest of the war. they called in air support that killed 30 enemy figh
the next pope. in a surprise announcement monday, pope benedict xvi announced he was stepping down due to his age. >>> a five-day cruise to the caribbean turn into his quite appear ordeal with passengers getting sick and saying the boat smells, quote, extremely sick. >> a fire on board a carnival cruise ship was stranded with more than 4,000 people on board. >> reporter: the carnival triumph departed galveston, texas on thursday enroute to the caribbean. now, it is headed to alabama after a fire in the ship's engine room knocked out the vessel's propulsion system leaving more than 4 0u theme stuck at sea. >> technical support personnel from carnival are now on the way to the ship which is approximately 200 miles northwest of cancun. >> >> reporter: no one was injured in the mishap and the fire was quickly extinguished. >> she was crying and stuff and said they have no power. they have no running water. they have no way to use the bathroom. >> reporter: other carnival cruise liners have met with the stranded vessel bringing food and other supplies. officials say the ship has drifted so
. >>> and the world wondering who will succeed pope benedict xvi, developments on when we'll know the name of the next pope. >>> the president made a lot of promises in his state of the union address last year about jobs. did he keep them? we're reviewing the past year and doing a fact check and reality check on job creation. >>> this morning, talking to gordon chang, author of "nuclear showdown." gene sperling, of the national economic coast. bob mcdonnell, and chief washington correspondent jake tapper and the archbishop of washington will be with us as well. a special edition of "starting point," live in washington, d.c., begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. north korea producing a nuclear test. the minister says it's a defensive measure against "hostile activity of the united states." and more drastic measures could be on the horizon. the u.n. security council calling an emergency meeting in less than two hours. we begin with jill dougherty live at the state department. jill, good morning. what are we hearing from the white house about this? >> soledad, obviously president obama is condemning
that turns out for her. bill: we are learning more about pope benedict's decision to set aside including information about his health that we did not know before today. shepard smith is live at the vatican. we'll talk to him live in a moment. martha: florida senator marco rubio is set to give the republican response to the state of the union tonight and it will be unlike any other response in history we are told, when we come back. martha: uncertainty today for the world's 1.2 billion catholics, just a day after pope benedict dropped a bit of a bombshell that stunned the world announcing his intention to step aside, which is really not done, and he will do that at the end of this month. today we are learning new details about that decision, about his health and about the role that he will play in the future of the catholic church, and that is how we start with that beautiful vatican city background this morning. i'm martha maccallum, welcome. bill: i'm bill hemmer. morning martha, the vatican saying pope benedict will be hands-off in the selection of the next holy father, they made that
state of the union address. >>> vatican intrigue, is there more to pope benedict's sudden decision to step down? and who might replace him? is there any chance the next pope could be an american? we're live in vatican city with new details. >>> and nightmare, passengers on a cruise chip stranded in the gulf of mexico say conditions are getting worse and there's word this morning that their journey will be even longer "today," tuesday, february 12th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. important news breaking overnight. u.n. security council is going to hold an emergency meeting this morning to address north korea's overnight nuclear test. >> this is north korea's third nuclear test, but the first under its new leader, kim jong un. we'll have a live report from the pentagon straight ahead. >>> a big development in the story we've been following, two men now charged in connection wit
making news this morning. >> this morning, new information about why pope benedict xvi decided it was time to step down. at a news conference minutes ago, the vatican saying the pope is not suffering from any specific disease. he just doesn't feel he has the strength to continue. and the pope has been thinking about resignation for a year. lots of names mentioned as possibilities to replace him. today, we have an idea of when the new pope will replace him. following developments live from vatican city. what have be learned in the news conference? >> reporter: good morning, john. in fact, father frederico lombardi is holding the news conference, and providing a few details. not a whole lot new. a few bits of information that are helping us to figure out what is going to happen here in the next few days. one of the things he said is that as you mentioned that there was no specific illness involved in the pope's decision to resign. he did say that the pope had had his pacemaker battery replaced recently. a normal operation, no problems. some of the italian press speculating that p
the state of the union is strong. which it is. meanwhile, catholics still can't believe that pope benedict xvi is actually resigning after all that hasn't happened in 600 years. joe biden says yeah, i'm thinking about it. we'll see how that goes. all of that and a lot more. first, let's get the latest, today's current news update from lisa ferguson standing by at our studios in los angeles. hi lisa, good morning. >> hey bill. that's right. we're all awaiting the president's big state of the union address today taking place from the u.s. capitol at 9:00 eastern tonight. we're expecting to focus on quite a few issues including immigration, gun safety, same-sex marriage equality and of course, the economy. gun violence though is the big question here. not whether or not he'll address it because of course, he will. but which aspects he will choose to talk about and how much the issue will dominate the night. we know about 30 house democrats are bringing victims of gun violence as their guests tonight. and so are other members of the administration. all in all, we can expect 120 of tonight's at
, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> archdiocese is recognizing the pope benedict xvi -- that pope benedict xvi has a pace maker. the pope cited his age and fatigue and the reason he is stepping down. they hope the new leader will allow them to reexamine issues such as abortion and same sex marriages and the role of women in the church. >> i think the church needs to move forward and it becomes dangerous because people are not going to stand for it and they will loose a lot of the people they had. >> sources say even the pope's closest associates had no idea he was planning on stepping down. the catholic church hopes to have a new pope in place for easter and this could be a historic decision. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a boom in asia and latin america and a new pope could come from a country far away from europe. we have a new tab dedicated to the pope, and you will find more information on the pope's decision to step down and the process they will use in choosing a new pope on www.ktvu.com. >>> we are starting in the south bay, dave, pam 237 exactly, westb
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back to another product. see. arthel: just 24 hours of pope benedict vxi shocked the world by announcing his resignation, speculation is already swirling about who will replace him and how the catholic church will operate in the interim period without a leader. amy kellogg is live in rome. amy? >> reporter: hi, arthel. well, one of the pope contenders, peter turkson of ghana, said that the new churches of asia and africa now are mature enough and ready to produce a pope, and that would be a good thing, arthel, because anywhere between a half and two-thirds of the world's catholics are part of this southern church. now, the process of choosing a new pope will get started around mid march. it was revealed today by vatican officials that pope benedict vxi had had a pacemaker for years and that three months ago he had had those batteries replaced. of but that did not have an impact on his decision to step down. that had not gotten in the way of his duties at the time either. we caught up today with some tourists on st. peter's square including a young belgian man who wants to b
. >>> new revelations today about pope benedict's health. did you know he has a pacemaker? this appears to be the first time the vatican has acknowledged that. his spokesman says the device did not have any bearing in the pope's decision to resign. doctors replaced the pacemaker's batteries just a couple of months ago in a routine procedure. meanwhile, take a look at this. just a couple of hours after the pope announced his resignation yesterday, this is the picture seen around the world. lightning appeared in the sky of a st. peters basilica. stunning. >>> he cannot leave yet that does not mean leon panetta cannot say good-bye. and that is precisely what the defense secretary did today in his farewell ceremony. this is just outside the pentagon. he spoke about his challenges his replacement must face. >> you're going to have to continue to deal with rogue states like iran and north korea. we just saw what north korea has done in the last few weeks. a missile test and now a nuclear test. they represent a serious threat to the united states of america. we have got to be prepared to deal
led to the stunning retirement of pope benedict. we're live from the vatican, what is going to happen with the first pope to step down from 600 years. if skydiving makes you squeamish, and wait until you hear about this man's experience, his chute malfunctioned and he fell 13,000 feet while unconscious, we've got the amazing story. yes, he survived. >> we have some terrifying new video to show you that captures the heart stopping moment when a california sky diver realized there was a problem with his parachute. there was a problem high above the earth, and caused the man to black out 13,000 feet above. and trace gallagher, i'm nervously thinking about it. >> reporter: he had been skydiving for two years and this was his 30th freefall and document today document the thing with a go-pro video camera, right, and jumpings out of the plane and exhilarated you can see that he's very excited when he begins this freefall. and he's at 13,000 feet, right? you can hear him screaming and then, he suddenly gets a jolt. and the parachute opened up and you can hear him later kind of talking outlo
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to say this is a game changer. >> anna koren live from south korea this morning. >>> pope benedict xvi had a pace-maker adjusted three months ago but the procedure had nothing whatsoever to do with his resignation. joining me is our senior vatican analyst john allen. good morning, john. >> reporter: carol, good to be with us. >> so the replacement of the pope's pacemaker had nothing to do with his resignation? kind of hard to believe. >> reporter: nothing may be overselling it. there was no indication the pope was having eminent heart problems but obviously he himself had suggested that his age and diminishing strength and concerns about his long-term health were in the mix year, and his heart problems undoubtedly part of that. friends who worked with then cardinal joseph ratzinger in the vatican knew that but prior to that no one knew. popes don't face the same pressure to reveal medical records ads presidents or presidential candidates and i would suggest that today's revelation may well add some pressure that some cardinals are already feeling to be more concerned about potential he
the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of pope benedict's surprise decision to retire at the end of the month. rich richard engel is live in the vatican city. >> reporter: it's an act of humility and encourage to make way for a younger man. 24 hours later there's still shock in the vatican city. >> shocked. disappointed. sad. >> reporter: this morning roman catholics, tourists, even some church officials wondered if this can be a moment to revitalize the church after pope benedict xvi's unexpected decision to step down. >> personally i didn't agree with a lot of the things he believed and prepared. >> this will bring change for the church. >> reporter: in making his announcement the 85-year-old pontiff who has been looking frail asked for forgiveness. i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the min nus stri entrusted to me he told a gathering of cardinals in latin saying his advanced age forced the decision. just hours later these images circulated around the world. these are unusual times for the vatican. the last time a pope abdicated under similar circumstances
. >>> speculation on who will replace pope benedict the 16th when he retires next month. on the list, a 63-year-old cardinal from brazil. only cardinals under the age of 80 can vote for the successor, which means 118 are eligible. >>> president obama presenting an army veteran with our nation's highest military award. the medal of honor. he was at a combat outpost in afghanistan in 2009 when 300 taliban fighters launched an ambush. he managed to call air support that caught 30 insurgents and risked his life. >> there have been eight soldiers that didn't make it. for the rest of the team that fought valiantly and magnificently that day. i will forever be humbled by the bravery, the commitment to service and their loyalty to one another. >>gretchen: before the ceremony, romesha's son actually stole the show. the president's podium, he tried to climb on top of it and then dashed to the front row. >>steve: you know dr. ben carson was a keynote speaker at the national prayer breakfast last week. he is an esteemed neurosurgeon at johns hopkins tphe baltimore area. because it was a prayer breakfast, h
in college park not far from the university of maryland campus. >>> yesterday's announcement of pope benedict xvi's resignation came as a shock to most of the world. the pope said he plans to step down at the end of this month for health concerns. the vatican is already beginning the process of trying to find the next spiritual leader but there is no clearcut choice. even the college of cardinals was caught off guard by the announcement. professor kurt martens of catholic university spoke about it. >> when john paul ii was ill, basically they knew what was coming. so they had time to prepare, to talk, to look at the challenges and to look at candidates, possible candidates. that is now not the case. >> the church expects to have a new pontiff in lace by easter sunday. -- in place by easter sunday. that is march 31. jessica? >> thanks so much, andrea. >>> massive federal budget cuts are set to kick in, in just a few weeks. that could mean furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal and civilian workers. the measures could hit our local work force very hard. if you are facing a furlough, you
to sanction the syrian government. >>> pope benedict xvi will mark ash wednesday, tomorrow, with a mass. it might be his last one as the pope. he plans to step down, of course, in about two weeks. the pope blamed frail health but there are still many questions about his decision. vatican officials disclosed today the pope had a pacemaker implanted ten years ago when he was still a cardinal. they also clarified that the pope will not be involved in the conclave that will let his success dash elect his successor. officials expect to announce the timing of the conclave and say by the end of the week. >>> doug is here with more on our weather after this spectacular day we had today. it is almost impossible to imagine we can have snow tomorrow. >> even for a meteorologis it is almost impossible to imagine snow on a day after 60 degrees. that's pretty much what we have. we have the forecast that's just too warm for most of us to get any significant snow out of this storm. it was looking good yesterday but even then we knew that there would be a rain-snow line close to the d.c. metro area. now
are eligible to vote. pope benedict will not vote for his successor. he will step down february 28th. he will eventually move into a monastery in the vatican dedicating his time to prayer and reflection. >>> this more than, many people are taking bets on who will become the next pope. the irish gambling house paddy power came up with a top three list. cardinal peter turkson of ghana, 3 to 1 odds. cardinal marc ouellet of canada is second. cardinal francis arinze of nigeria is third. it will be the biggest nonsporting event betting. it will surpass the last papal election. >>> today revelers are in the streets celebrating mardi gras in new orleans. a live look from bourbon street in the french quarter there. these people haven't gone to sleep or probably aren't very awake either right now. they're partying because it's just starting there. the area has been buzzing with excitement in the buildup to fat tuesday, which is today. little rain hasn't stopped them either. they're very crowded. vendors say ponchos are selling as fast as beads this year. >>> folks up north are still struggling to
at pope benedict becoming the first pontiff to step down in six centuries, citing a gentleness. a papal transition. that the wall street journal. "usa today" has -- it looks at moving into the 21st century. it reminds us of a timeline. a couple other looks at this and how it factors into international global politics as well as the future of the catholic church. this in the wall street journal looks at the vast constituency, where catholics live, and the history of cardinals. most of them are european, but the church has been reaching out. the question is who will be the next pope. a look at some other stories in the news this morning. s one piece coming to us which we will talk more about as the day goes on. who gets to sit at the isle of the state of the human. it is a competitive effort. lawmakers wait hours for just a few seconds of the presidential showtime. a lawmaker we will have later on this week as a guest, congressman eliot engel. this is from a prior state of the union, he was one of the lawmakers who waited hours to sit on the aisle to greet the president as he walks into t
. >>> new information about pope benedict's health tops the stories around the "news nation" today. the pope fitted with a pacemaker and that its battery replaced three months ago in the secret operation. the spokesman said it was routine and played no part in the pope's decision to step down. >>> people take a look at this. a bolt of lightning striking st. peter's basilica in a storm hours after the pope made his announcement. this is not photo shopped, doctored. not a movie. thousands of passengers stranded on a cruise ship in the gulf of mexico slowly heading back to the u.s. coast guard tugboats are towing the vessel and 3,000 passengers to mobile, alabama, but are not expected to get there until thursday. passengers on beboard described deteriorating conditions. sewage coming down the walls. no air. the toilets also not working. ugh. >>> and our "news nation" "gut check" is next. nbc's first read team said tonight is president obama's first chance to push congress to do something big. for bill clinton, education reform. do you think president obama will be able to persuade congress to p
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